Updated: October 21, 2003, 4:59 PM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Green Bay Packers: QB Brett Favre suffered a hairline fracture of his right thumb just below the nail in Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Rams. Favre injured hurt the thumb on the first series of the game when he hit G Mike Wahle's shoulder pads after a pass attempt. But coach Mike Sherman said Favre was confident he wouldn't miss any regular season action. "He played a heck of a game with it," Sherman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "If we had to play this week, he said he could play with it. Hopefully, in two weeks it will be better. But he played pretty well with it the other day." Sherman hasn't been given any indication Favre risks injuring the thumb further should he attempt to play with it in two weeks. "That was my No. 1 question," he said. "Is there a chance we could be risking something here? If that's the case, he would not play. That's not the case at this present time." St. Louis Rams: Because of necessity, RB Marshall Faulk may come back from his hand and knee injuries earlier than anticipated. Faulk's backup, Lamar Gordon, is questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, leaving rookies Arlen Harris and Joffrey Reynolds as the only healthy runners in the backfield. Coach Mike Martz would prefer to hold Faulk out of this week's game but won't absolutely rule out the possibility. "There's always that chance we could have him if need be, but I'd like to avoid that if at all possible," Martz told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I suspect we'll have him ready to go (against San Francisco on Nov. 2). And that's what we're kind of aiming at." Washington Redskins: QB Patrick Ramsey gave a large sigh of relief Monday when coach Steve Spurrier said he would discard a blocking scheme he has employed since becoming Redskins coach in 2002. He no longer will give the tight ends responsibility for blocking defensive ends. Ramsey was knocked out of Sunday's loss to the Bills with a bruised hand after TE Byron Chamberlain was unable to block DE Aaron Schobel. Spurrier also backed off comments he made immediately following Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills regarding his players' effort level and possible personnel changes. "Maybe that was an on-the-moment thought to get our guys' attention," Spurrier told the Washington Post. "But there's not a lot of changes you can do right now. Maybe a spot or two. This is our team. Somehow we've got to get our players excited to play again. Not pointing fingers at any individuals. As a team, we have to realize we're not performing at our best level."